For eight academic years, the Jewish Federation's Israel Studies Project has helped bring outstanding Israeli scholars to teach at Chicago-area and downstate campuses.
Aimed at advancing serious study of Israel through a wide range of academic disciplines, the project has linked top scholars, writers and others with visiting positions at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois Chicago, and the University of Chicago.
As Israel Studies has grown into a respected academic field during these years, the Federation's project has gained national attention.
An updated brochure on the project, elaborating on its goals, nature and impact, has just been released. Project Director Michael Kotzin, currently Senior Counselor to the President of the Federation, called for community support for this kind of program in a2004 opinion column in The Forward.